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Kiev’s ban on imports of Russian authors’ books to Ukraine ineffective — Russian lawmaker

August 11, 2015, 13:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Ukraine earlier identified a list of the "anti-Ukrainian" books written by Russian authors such as Limonov, Starikov, Dugin and Dorenko banned for import into the country
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MOSCOW, August 11. /TASS/. First deputy chairman of the State Duma Culture Committee Elena Drapeko has said that Kiev’s ban on importing books by Russian authors to Ukraine is pointless because of the existence of the Internet.

The Ukrainian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting earlier identified a list of the "anti-Ukrainian" books written by Russian authors banned for import into the country. It is comprised of 38 books, including works by Eduard Limonov, Nikolay Starikov, Alexander Dugin, and Sergey Dorenko.

"The war in the information field continues, the Ukrainian authorities continue to isolate themselves. These books are not directed against Ukraine — they are directed against the Ukrainian authorities. Hence, the authorities’ intention to protect themselves," Drapeko said, commenting on the move.

The lawmaker also noted that "this was an absolutely ineffective measure in terms of the presence of the Internet, through which one can load any books without transferring tons of paper across the border." "They continue their method to isolate themselves, later they will begin to withdraw books from the libraries and burn them in bonfires, the way Hitler did at the beginning of his tenure," Drapeko added.

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